Douglas John Bowen

Douglas John Bowen

Douglas John Bowen is Managing Editor of RAILWAY AGE. He also served as Editor of Intermodal Age from 1989 to 1991, and has held various positions at Inbound Logistics magazine, High Speed Transport News, The Journal of Commerce, and CNN/Money. Bowen began his journalism career at the Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey daily newspaper. A graduate of Rutgers University, Bowen resides in Hoboken, N.J. He served as president of the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP) from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2010, serving on the NJ-ARP board from 1984 until 2012; he remains a member of the statewide organization.

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Friday, 13 January 2012 13:54

STB adds to rail/shipper advisory council

From a flood of nominations, the Surface Transportation Board has selected seven new appointees to serve on the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. RSTAC, which consists of 15 senior officers from shippers and railroads, provides advice on regulatory, policy, and legislative matters.

Friday, 13 January 2012 13:52

Amtrak president recaps FY12 plans

Covering little if any new ground for regular rail industry observers, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman on Jan. 12 highlighted the company’s plan to begin acquiring 70 electric locomotives and 130 single-level long-distance cars as part of Amtrak’s long-range plan to rehabilitate its rolling stock.
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:46

At Norfolk, NS breaks coal transload mark

Norfolk Southern said it has loaded the largest volume cargo in the history of its Pier 6 coal transloading facility at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va. Early on Jan. 12, NS finished loading 159,941.45 net tons (145,097.931 metric tons) of metallurgical coal into the M/V Cape Dover,
Thursday, 12 January 2012 23:36

Amtrak at 40: Here to stay — and grow

Suppliers have played a key role in helping Amtrak survive, and even prosper, despite repeated attempts to kill the intercity passenger railroad. Their role remains key, and the industry remains optimistic.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments'Transportation Policy Board, a regional transportation board, Wednesdayapproved plans to help fund CSX efforts to expand and improve freight capacity in the district, Maryland, and Virginia.
The Federal Trade Commission has given Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. antitrust approval for its planned takeover of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.,operator of BNSF Railway. The approval, which was expected, appeared Mondayin a list of antitrust clearances routinely issued by the FTC.
Bombardier Transportation announced Monday it has signed aUS$715 million agreement to exercise an option with Metrolinx for 182 Flexitylow-floor light rail transit cars, included in a June 2009 contract. Deliverywill begin in 2013, with completion targeted for 2020.
Thursday, 09 September 2010 08:09

Cincinnati finalizes streetcar route

Cincinnati city officials Wednesday said Vine Street will host the $128 million streetcar route from Over-the-Rhine to the Uptown areanear the University of Cincinnati. A route along West Clifton Avenue was theother choice being evaluated in recent days after the two were selected from alarger list.
Thursday, 12 February 2009 10:41

Stimulus package flexibility could benefit rail

House Democrats Thursday demanded time to review the $789 billion economic stimulus bill crafted by congressional conference committee, but most political analysts still expected both the House of Representatives and theSenate to approve the measure. Should the package hold until President Obama signs it into law, freight and passenger railroads could benefit significantly.
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 07:32

LaHood grants Illinois funds for HrSR

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel times and put Americans back to work this spring.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:09

Long-term safety trends are positive

Almost any way you look at it, railroads are getting safer. The latest report from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office ofSafety Analysis, covering the first 10 months of the years 2008-2011, shows continuous improvement.

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:34

GE Transportation completes RMI acquisition

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said it had completed its acquisition of software provider RMI from The Carlyle Group. GE said late Tuesday the acquisition significantly expands its Software and Optimization Solutions business to serve railroad customers worldwide. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Thursday, 05 January 2012 06:23

FTA approves LA Crenshaw Blvd. LRT

The Federal Transit Administration has issued its final approval Los Angeles’ plan for a $1.72 billion light rail transit line along Crenshaw Boulevard, running from the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line.

Thursday, 05 January 2012 10:06

OMNI Products teams up with Jensen Precast

OMNI Products, Inc. announced that it has been joined by Jensen Precast, a provider of precast concrete products, in an agreement to expand the manufacturing and distribution of OMNI Products’ grade crossing systems into the western U. S.

Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:46

AAR: Traffic gains for week, month, year

The Association of American Railroads Thursday wrapped up its reporting of 2011 traffic trends by noting gains for the year, the month of December, and the last week of the year just past.

Friday, 06 January 2012 03:53

Calif. governor hailed for HSR support

The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13 State Budget:

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Thursday it had “completed final negotiations”  to build phase 1 of an eventual 70-mile rail line in Sonoma and Marin counties, north of San Francisco. Phase 1 will link Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Calif., a distance of roughly 37 miles.

Friday, 06 January 2012 03:48

Greenbrier Cos. reports strong 1Q 2012

The Greenbrier Cos. Friday reported fiscal 2012 first-quarter revenue of $398.2 million, which it said was “double the $198.9 million realized in the prior year’s first quarter,” and net earnings of $15.5 million, or 48 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.3 million, or 11 cents per share, in the comparable quarter of a year ago. 

Friday, 06 January 2012 07:17

New customers will swell CSX revenue

Shippers representing manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, and other markets made commitments in 2011 to develop new or expanded facilities on CSX and its connecting short lines. A total investment of $1.4 billion will ultimately yield more than $230 million in annual freight revenue, said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president-regional development.  

Monday, 09 January 2012 05:30

Private sector revives Detroit LRT effort

Though a joint public/private effort to initiate light rail transit in Detroit has faltered, with public money now targeted to launch a 110-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, state and local elected officials now acknowledge Detroit’s private sector will continue to pursue LRT. 

Detroil M1 LRT artconceptIndeed, private-sector interests, known as M-1 Rail, in essence have insisted on resurrecting their original plan for a short 3.4-mile starter LRT line (as depicted at left). And though the private sector holds to the LRT idea, last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing were the ones noting Detroit could still add LRT to the mix as part of a larger BRT plan.

"We see light rail as a part of regional transportation, so light rail is not dead," Mayor Bing said last Friday at a news conference attended by Gov. Snyder and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "It's back on the table." The amount of public money or effort to be dedicated to the LRT plan, however, remains unclear.

M-1 Rail, comprised of private investors and philanthropic groups, includes Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, Roger Penske of Penske Corp., Peter Karmanos of Compuware, and the Troy, Mich.-based Kresge Foundation. The group first proposed adding LRT to Woodland Avenue in 2007.

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